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We need your help to bring Keen Company's next play to a diverse and underserved community.

In the spring we will produce, Chisa Hutchinson’s Surely Goodness and Mercy. The story centers on Tino, a 12 year old boy living a very challenging life in Newark, NJ who forms a special bond with the cantankerous woman who works in the school cafeteria. Despite modest means, they reach out and help one another in remarkable ways.

This play is what Keen is all about: trying to do our best in the most challenging times. Although a classic example of our mission, it also feels fresh, timely, and unprecedented. 

Surely Goodness and Mercy is the first play by a woman of color that Keen has ever produced, and it highlights a caring, struggling, powerful community we don’t often see Off-Broadway. It also has the striking potential to influence young patrons who can identify and connect with the story’s 12 year old protagonist, students who might otherwise never see themselves on stage.

Now is the time to broaden our reach and connect with new audiences. Won’t you help us make an impact? Even a gift of $25 allows 1 student to attend Surely Goodness and Mercy.

These funds will subsidize deeply discounted student tickets, create specialized workshops for underserved kids, underwrite outreach campaigns, and help bring this gutsy wholehearted play to life.

You can learn about all the ways to donate here.

Thank you, in advance, for giving the gift of live theater.



Jonathan Silverstein
Artistic Director, Keen Company 

Listen to Jonathan chat with Valerie Smaldone about Surely Goodness and Mercy and our campaign to reach new audiences!